- Setting up a routine
Having a routine is most beneficial for students whether in the classroom or working on a virtual platform. To best help your student(s), set out a clear and workable timeline for assignment and due dates. Also, set up a schedule for checking in with your student(s) to ensure they are on schedule and meeting deadlines.
Let’s not take for granted the greatness of technology. All devices may not be compatible and up-to-date for all e-learning. Don’t let students miss out on learning because of practical issues. Check with your school to see how they can support your technology needs. The most essential thing that affects how effortlessly virtual learning goes is the strength and speed of students’ internet connections, but this is not to say that virtual learning is a no-go if some students don’t have strong and speedy Wifi. Simple concessions can be made, such as using audio instead of video conference calls and using less image-heavy websites and tools.
- Online safety
Students think of the internet as a place of fun, so it’s important to remind them that certain safety measures that must be adhered to when they’re participating in virtual learning. The following website is a good source for information. https://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/
- Keeping students motivated and engaged
How can we keep students motivated when they’re not in the classroom? It’s easy for students to feel disengaged because they’re not physically present with their peers and teachers in the classroom. A lot of students have a hard time taking this learning seriously because they aren’t used to learning at home. Find fun and engaging ways to enhance your student’s learning at home. For example, write stories, organize a friendly-family competition, play cards, go outside for a walk, or play educational games.
- We’re all in this together
Remember that you’re not alone in this journey. Talk to other parents to see what they’ve found applicable or to ask if they need help. Share your concerns and useful hints. If you need contact information for other parents or resources, reach out to the PTA, your child’s school, or start a social media group for the local parents to join.
- Fun! Fun! Fun!
Plan off-screen activities for the whole family. Between school and work responsibilities, it’s uncommon for parents and children to have this much time together, so turn it into an opportunity for growth and bonding.